Published on March 7th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


New Volvo C40 Single Motor Variant Introduced, XC40 Recharge Refreshed

Volvo Cars is bringing updated to their two electric vehicles, the C40 and XC40 Recharge.

A year has passed since Volvo Cars introduced their all-electric C40 Recharge and now they’re adding a single-motor variant to create a lower entry point into their EV range. The new single-motor C40 has its power sent to just the front wheels.

It comes with a smaller 69 kWh battery which returns up to 434km of range from a single charge. Fast charging from 10% to 80% can be done in about half an hour with the appropriate DC charger.

The XC40 Recharge Gets Refreshed

The other change to Volvo’s electric line-up comes to the XC40 Recharge. This electric variant of the XC40 is set to debut in Malaysia soon, so it’s not clear if the updated variant will be introduced or if the original 2020-spec will be brought here instead.

XC40 Recharge Twin, Sage Green

The changes are pretty minor though. There’s a new front bumper and a new frameless grille plate. These changes make the electric XC40 look more like the C40 Recharge.

Besides that, the XC40 Recharge gets pixel LED headlights with auto full beams as well as premium leather-free upholstery options along with other exterior colour and wheel choices.

Here’s the press release with more information.

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Volvo Cars is introducing a range of updates to its entire car line-up, the most prominent of which is an exterior refresh of its fully electric XC40 Recharge. The company also unveils a single electric motor variant of the pure electric C40 Recharge.

The new C40 and XC40 variants, along with all other new Volvo Cars’ models, will be available through an updated offer concept, designed to make the online ordering process of Volvo cars easier and more convenient. Volvo customers will now be able to choose between different equipment levels and select the options that best suit their personal needs. The new offer structure reflects Volvo Cars’ ambitions to increase price transparency, as well as reduce complexity in its model offering by focusing on attractive pre-selected variants.

When Volvo Cars first presented the XC40 in 2017, it was a fresh, creative and distinctive addition to the Volvo line-up. Five years later, it is an award-winning staple in the company’s portfolio and one of the car maker’s constant top sellers.

To reinforce its cutting-edge design and modern statement, Volvo Cars designers have now given the XC40 line-up a refresh. A new front bumper and a frameless grille plate keep the all-electric XC40 Recharge visually in sync with the Volvo C40 Recharge, aligning the two cars that symbolise Volvo Cars’ electrification journey.

The signature Thor’s Hammer headlights are augmented with state-of-the-art pixel LED light technology, enabling them to automatically adapt to traffic in front  and efficiently light up the road ahead without dazzling other drivers.

Additionally, customers will receive premium leather-free upholstery options in the pure electric XC40 Recharge, as well as new exterior colours and rims, offering further possibilities for personalisation.

“As we move towards becoming a fully electric company, our design language follows,” said Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. “With the refreshed fully electric XC40, we continue to evolve its instantly recognisable design, creating a more modern face with a sleeker front and an even more integrated grille.”

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